#Woburn #Safari Park fire kills 13 monkeys – I’m sad to announce this news report. One questions their fire safety management structure and whether it was sufficient and robust enough to avoid such an accident.
Given that the structures that animals are often kept in are of timber construction and the electrical wiring is exposed more than normal to the elements, the fire detection systems should match the risk. I, unfortunately some may say, place animals and their general welfare high up there with humans and when assessing fire risks to animals consider and advise clients the real fire risk to the animals and the potential for them being trapped given the type, size and nature of the animal.
As this is the 2nd fire in as many weeks in a zoo I feel it is appropriate that zoo owners and operators should review and re-assess their emergency plans but in particular their fire detection systems